I just checked the EpicSki site. WOW, what a place, and what a wealth of knowledge. Could you please post this email to the site as a reply to all those who offered advice.
First of all, a quick description to put things in perspective. I am 61 and have been skiing since my 20s, although only regularly for the last 8 seasons. I’m in Daleboots (good eye, Whiteroom), and find that they hold my feet quite snugly and are comfortable. I also have custom orthotics and no lift heals. My primary ski is a 177cm Volkl AC30, which I think is the most responsive but least forgiving ski I have ever owned.
I was never very athletic or strong, but managed to earn my blackbelt in Taekwondo on my 50th birthday, which resulted in my having fairly good balance. Except: I have been experiencing peroneal tendonitis in my right foot for the last 5 months. The good news is that it only hurts when I turn left. The bad news is that I often find myself skiing much more tentatively because of the pain.
I was telling someone on the chair today that I feel like the perfect example of the Peter Principle, having reached my skiing level of incompetence. With all these suggestions I have just read, I guess I need to digest and understand them and see what I can absorb into improving my style.
I realize that my biggest problem is having my weight too far back much of the time. That was the first thing I said when I saw Jacques’ video. Occasionally, I will find the sweet spot, and things feel great, but then I find myself skiing with my heals. Every few runs my skis will shoot out from underneath me and I go into survival mode. Not a pretty sight. I also find myself dragging my poles way too often, and I use that to remind myself that I am too far back and kick myself forward.
I am currently on a Mission from God (thank you Jake & Elwood) and hoping to ski every single day that Mt Bachelor is open. (I have missed exactly 1 ski day since December 2012, and that was only because my wife dragged me off to Portland, kicking and screaming). Considering that my aging quads are usually stressed from daily use and little rest, it doesn’t take long for them to start talking to me every day, resulting in more time in the back seat. My brain knows it, but the body doesn’t always connect. I realize that getting centered over the skis needs to become natural, not something I have to be constantly working on.
As for my turns, I have never given much thought to how I finish turns, so that is another area to focus on.
I am going to shelve my ego, print out all the responses in this thread, and read them a few more times. I will also be picking Jacques’ brain for information on some of these drills that were mentioned. (I have no idea what 1000 steps or 1000 shuffles are). Skiing on just the outside ski is something I worked on just a bit in the past, and that sounds like it will be worth revisiting too.
Thanks to all for the great feedback.